Saturday, September 30, 2006

Fort Ruger Market

If you're craving fresh sashimi-grade poke and you don't want to venture far from the Kapahulu Avenue eating area, I suggest heading over to Fort Ruger Market for poke made right before your eyes with fish purchased from the fish auction that morning. This hole-in-the-wall market is located just blocks away from Kapiolani Community College on the slopes of Diamond Head.

Inside just seems to be another small market/liquor store, but to your left sits Fort Ruger's kitchen/deli. Their menu is extensive, offereing plate lunches, poke, and deli items like smoked tako (ocopus), ahi jerky, and pickled maui onions.

But my brother and I didn't come for the plate lunches or the deli items...we came for the POKE! Their selection of poke is all made to order with choices of limu (seaweed), maui onions, shoyu (soy sauce), hawaiian salt, sesame oil, green onions, and more. You also have three choices of poke:

Tako (octopus) $12.00/lb
Ahi Tuna $15.00/lb
Ahi Filet $24.00/lb

We were on a budget, so we only ordered 1/4 lb shoyu ahi poke and 1/4 lb sesame oil ahi poke. What I love most about Fort Ruger is that they don't let the poke sit with it's ingredients but rather mixes the poke as you order. Mixing it fresh allows for the fish to maintain it's integrity and not be overshadowed by the strength of the added ingredients.

Fort Ruger Market makes excellent poke. I appreciate their huge chunks of ahi allowing for chewing time to enjoy the texture of their fresh ahi. Their sesame oil poke was ok. I wish we asked for a little Hawaiian salt or some shichimi togarashi for a little kick.

Their shoyu poke, on the other hand, was simply perfect. The lady making my poke said that the shoyu poke is the market's most popular seller. That was dang good.

Big hits at Fort Ruger Market: Poke and boiled peanuts

Fort Ruger Market
3585 Alohea Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 737-4531
M-Sat 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sun 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Notable Poke articles:
Fish Are Jumping...And The Pokes Piled High! (A great list of Poke joints)
Da Perfect Poke


Kirk said...

Hey Jeni - No boiled peanuts...Ruger Market used to make really good boiled peanuts....

Jeni said... the boiled peanuts they sell now are no good???

Anonymous said...

I wish I read your post before Saturday!! I went there Saturday evening, have not been to Ruger Mkt since Christmas time last year, and man the prices!!! The pipikaula is still great though.

Jeni said...

Oooh...I'll try their pipikaula next time. What were their prices before Christmas? What poke do you usually get?

Anonymous said...

I don't recall that really big sign mentioning the ahi filet stuff being $24 a pound. I think it was more half the prices or so...I guess like everything else around here we blame fuel prices. I usually like the shoyu poke w/ onions or the spicy tuna style w/ tobiko (I don't think they make it @ Ruger Mkt.) I pretty much will order anykine. Hawaiian style tako poke on occasion too.

Jeni said...

Hey Kyle...well if prices of poke are going to soar, then they need to be selling it by the gallon. I wonder if anyone can eat a gallon of poke. Truly disgusting. Hey, do you know anything about the fish market (auction) in Oahu? I remember seeing something on was like the Tsukiji Fish Market, only smaller and it Oahu. Just wondering!

Anonymous said...

K not too sure which one you are asking about?? We have a morning fish auction at Pier 38 that starts around 5:30 am. Then there is Tsukiji Market above Shirokiya at Ala Moana shopping center. It's still not open yet but they are supposed to sell fish like a fish market as well as having a sushi area and yakitori area. If you're still curious you can check it out on Ala Moana's website.


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